The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing everything – from the way we relate to each other, to the work we do, the way our economies work, and what it means to be human. We cannot let the brave new world that technology is currently creating simply emerge. All of us need to help shape the future we want to live in. But what do we need to know and do to achieve this?
World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab's
2016 book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, revealed the
extent of change tearing through our world. We live at a momentous
time in history, one where it is up to us, today, to make sure our
technologically-enriched future is safe, ethical, inclusive and
This book, Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution, builds
on these ideas to demonstrate how people from all backgrounds and
sectors can influence the way that technology transforms our world.
It draws on contributions by more than 200 of the world's leading
technology, economic and sociological experts to present a
practical guide for citizens, business leaders, social influencers
and policy-makers. Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution
outlines the most important dynamics of the technology revolution,
highlights important stakeholders that are often overlooked in our
discussion of the latest scientific breakthroughs, and explores 12
different technology areas central to the future of humanity.
Emerging technologies are not predetermined forces out of our
control, nor are they simple tools with known impacts and
consequences. The exciting capabilities provided by artificial
intelligence, distributed ledger systems and cryptocurrencies,
advanced materials and biotechnologies are already transforming
society. The actions we take today – and those we don't – will
quickly become embedded in ever-more powerful technologies that
surround us and will, very soon, become an integral part of
By connecting the dots across a range of often-misunderstood
technologies, and by exploring the practical steps that
individuals, businesses and governments can take, Shaping the
Fourth Industrial Revolution helps equip readers to shape a
truly desirable future at a time of great uncertainty and change.